Between having a mother who is gluten-free and working with a few vegetarian nutritionists, I kept hearing about quinoa. It's a grain-like crop grown in the Andes regions of South America. It is cooked in a manner similar to rice and is very high in protein and fiber.
Last night I made quinoa for the first time. I'm not sure why I have been hesitant to try this, but whatever the cause I finally broke down and did it. Probably because I found it in the bulk section at EarthFare and could purchase just enough to make one batch rather than having to buy a whole box or bag; only to find out my family wouldn't eat it.
I started out simple. 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water. Boiled for 15 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes. Fluffed with a fork. Served up with broiled salmon and steamed broccoli. And it was delicious!!
Next time, when serving as a side dish, I might make about 1/2 the amount. We had a lot leftover. But I did find out that chickens also enjoy quinoa! :)
I look forward to trying it in some recipes for the summer months. I've already spotted a few quinoa salad recipes I want to give a go. And I plan to use it in some dishes I usually make with cooked rice.
Do you ever cook with quinoa? What are your favorite quinoa recipes?